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Mayor slams Trump's 'mops & buckets' comment on Twitter: We lost 44 people in Sandy

Posted: 9:30 PM, Jan 18, 2020
Updated: 2020-01-18 21:46:38-05
War of words between Mayor de Blasio, President Trump

NEW YORK — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio fired back at President Donald Trump after the commander-in-chief criticized a plan to protect the city from climate change with a sea wall, telling New Yorkers to get "mops and buckets ready."

“Mops and buckets," de Blasio tweeted.

"We lost 44 of our neighbors in Hurricane Sandy. You should know, you lived here at the time. Your climate denial isn’t just dangerous to those you’ve sworn to protect — it’s deadly."

We lost 44 of our neighbors in Hurricane Sandy. You should know, you lived here at the time.

Your climate denial isn’t just dangerous to those you’ve sworn to protect — it’s deadly. https://t.co/VUNPh8eMrD

— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) January 19, 2020

The tweet from de Blasio was in response to Trump's criticism — also on Twitter — to what he called a $200 billion sea wall.

The New York Times reported on the $119 billion plan Friday, which is being reviewed by the Army Corps of Engineers. The six-mile long barrier is the largest proposal, and has naturally faced both steadfast support and harsh criticism.